Well, my stack of new comics this week has inspired me to start up one of those new segments that I only used once and then forget about. This segment is called Worst of Wednesday, and it is where I will highlight the absolute worst comic I bought that particular week.
This first installment actually has me feeling pretty sad. This is because I am going to have to nominate what, up until very recently, has been one of my favorite books. I'm talking about Punisher War Journal #18I can't pinpoint what exactly about this book that makes it seem like such a dog turd cmpared to the rest of the run. It's difficult because every single thing about this book is just terrible. Someone thought it would be a fun idea to take Ariel Olivetti's absolutely amazing artwork and replace it with something that Howard Chaykin's cat painted on accident. Chaykin ranks right up there with Leinil Yu as far as really bad art goes, so to make such a random jump from this:
just completely kills the book from the start in my opinion. But I figured "Hey, bad art or not, I can still get into Matt Fraction's badass writing on this one!"
Turns out I was wrong. Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of Fraction's work, but the dialog in this issue sounds like it was written by Howard Chaykin's cat. Now, I know most of you have never met Howard Chaykin's cat, but let's just say he doesn't quite have a mastery of the english language.
I honestly just don't know what to do here. I love this series, but with Olivetti gone, it really just feels like an entirely different book. I don't even think I can be funny about this one right now...